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Hiya, Vegwebbers!

With the helpful backing/suggesting from the Diva Club, I made this thread as a place where we can all discuss various modes of birth control and/or safe sex. Even as an animal-rights kinda place, I know lots of us are concerned about cruelty-free and/or natural lifestyles...So if you're not a fan of cow-exploiting, skin-scorching latex rubbers, or of the way hormonal b/c pills screw with your body and mind, HERE is where we can all help each other.

This can be a place for advice or general information on various methods/devices...like If you want to know what hormones in your pills are doing what, and how that will affect you, etc.; or if you want to know about materials used in different kinds of condoms (and which aren't vegan!); or just how effective such methods are statistically...HERE is where you can tell what you know, or find other reference sources. HERE we can help each other learn what works best for each of us in regards to our own needs/situation.
Sound fun? HELLS YES.

Condoms
Female Condoms

Dental Dams
Diaphragms
Spermicides
Pills
IUDs

Nuva Rings
Injections
Cycle-observation/timing

Herbal Solutions

...and other Good Resources for many/all of the above methods


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Feel free to suggest important links or resources,
and I'll add them to this post as a sort of reference library.
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let's go!

Anybody ever used a Plan B? I did before, and it was pretty nice.
And I got it free from my reproductive health care center in town. I would suggest anyone who is not on birth control and does NOT want to get pregnant to keep one around.

plan b is what started my year long yeast infection : (  it made me sick for 2 days as well.  but i am very sensitive to medicine and i was also on the nuva ring at the time, i just forgot to put it back in for 8 hours after doin it.  so it might have been the plan b AND the nuva ring that caused the y.i... but.  anyways.  yeah.  i would only take plan b again in a dire emergency.

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We did have amazingly low prices at our pharmacy, and I could get a month's worth of Portia (steady-dose HBC) for $20.......and I guess that the Atlanta Planned Parenthood's idea of "reduced cost" birth control (to eligible patients only, with a $50ish pelvic exam by one of their docs) is $23 for a pack.

Isn't it interesting here in the UK HBC are free on prescription.  Other items are all a fixed price of £7.10, but HBC = £0.  I;ve never really thought about it, but I wonder why.

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Anybody ever used a Plan B? I did before, and it was pretty nice.
And I got it free from my reproductive health care center in town. I would suggest anyone who is not on birth control and does NOT want to get pregnant to keep one around.

I used Plan B once but it wasn't free. It cost $60 but luckily my sig other paid for half. I went to Planned Parenthood, they were very nice, gave me a pregnancy test first and explained everything about it clearly. I was happy that I didn't have to worry but I did go through some crazy "weight gain". I think it was water weight because it only lasted for about a week but it did prevent me from wearing a dress on New Year's Eve that year. My boobs got gigantic and my abdomen was at least an inch or two wider.

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i don't have a sex life so i can't really add.

masturbation suffices as well as lesbianism and virginity.
i've heard of using saran wrap and sandwich bags. lol.

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plan b is what started my year long yeast infection : (  it made me sick for 2 days as well.  but i am very sensitive to medicine and i was also on the nuva ring at the time, i just forgot to put it back in for 8 hours after doin it.  so it might have been the plan b AND the nuva ring that caused the y.i... but.  anyways.  yeah.  i would only take plan b again in a dire emergency.

Oh no. That's horrible. My sister and mom get them all the time.  I didn't get sick or really notice that much bloating.

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Has anyone here used a diaphragm before?  I'd be interested to know any likes/complaints about it.  If I can handle being off HBC I think a diaphragm would be my best option.

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We did have amazingly low prices at our pharmacy, and I could get a month's worth of Portia (steady-dose HBC) for $20.......and I guess that the Atlanta Planned Parenthood's idea of "reduced cost" birth control (to eligible patients only, with a $50ish pelvic exam by one of their docs) is $23 for a pack.

Isn't it interesting here in the UK HBC are free on prescription.  Other items are all a fixed price of £7.10, but HBC = £0.  I;ve never really thought about it, but I wonder why.

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

because the US healthcare system is WACKED.

Aside from Canada, somewhere in England might be a future destination for me, seriously. Canada is just TOO cold, and while Atlanta is awesome in so many ways, their free/reduced services are overloaded with customers (lots of poverty here), and I'm....*ahem*.....white.*
the UK seems like it'd be cool in other ways, too, as far as legislation/lifestyle/education, etc....and I really mean to check it out someday.

* that's not a racist comment, it's true that other ethnicities are priority on many of those programs. 'sokay, though, now I know what it's like to be a minority in some places! that's actually kind of...perspective-expanding...for me.

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On the subject of herbs/etc.:

Two methods I've recently employed include uterine contraction-inducers and creating an inhabitable environment for sperm/egg implantation.

High doses of Vitamin C (preferably without bioflavanoids), taken in smaller doses over the course of a day, limited to 6,000 to 10,000 milligrams, will make the Ph too acidic for egg implantation or fertilization....some people put a tablet up near the cervix like a spermicide, but it can irritate the skin just like spermicide Nonoxinol-9 tends to do. But taking the pills should be just as effective.  it may cause loose stools and maaayybe upset stomach, but that's no big deal for those of us who need a little "help" now and then.

Dong Quai is an herb that, when taken correctly, can ease menstrual cramps OR induce muscle contractions, whichever you need, depending on the method of preparation. WARNING: this, as well as other muscle-stimulators (like below) can cause major cramping.

Fresh parsley, when made into a tincture or steeped as tea (but not boiled with the water) can also help the uterus contract and flush out tissue a little easier, also if you have a delayed period you want to get going. WARNING: you might just bleed like crazy for the first few days......but that can help clear it out faster (so I've read) so that you might have a shorter period. Just watch out for anemic-like symptoms and get plenty of fuel to keep your body working!*

*this method wiped me the fuck out at work today, and caused my diva to fail miserably and have to rely on a dishtowel (that I luckily had from lunch) stuffed in my pants as a pad for the whole afternoon. looked like I dumped in my pants. I was rather sluggish all day because of heavy bleeding and excruciating cramps, but at least my boss dude was totally understanding.

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  Well I tried to get my wife on here to describe our method but she is very busy right now starting up our home schooling for this year, so i will give it a shot. It is called Lady-Com and you can look that up on the internet. We have had it for about five years and have had no troubles. You use it once a day and it measures your body temperature and somehow tells you, well tells my wife, if she is fertile or not by giving her a red light. When the light is green, my favorite days, it is a safe day.This is a horrible job I am doing explaining this so just look it up. It is a little expensive but when you devide the cost over five years it is not so bad, and it is still going. The only thing is you have to obey the red light or find another method to use on those days. It was either this or a vasectemy for me, so, for me,  it was an easy choice.

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i have been using billings method for the past six years, which is basically a technique where you keep an eye on the changes in vaginal discharge to know when you're fertile.  we just use condoms during the 4 days of each cycle where i'm fertile.  it has been great, because it helps you to know sooner if there are any issues such as stds or even ovarian cysts, and is fantastically useful once you DO want to get pregnant (we got it first try when we decided to have lily).

i also have found it really constructive to tune in to the natural rhythms of my body rather than overriding them in order to enjoy my sexuality.  i don't really have any ethical issue with other methods, i just love the freedom from interference that this method allows, and frankly, i lack the discipline to follow through on any plans of withdrawal!

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  Well I tried to get my wife on here to describe our method but she is very busy right now starting up our home schooling for this year, so i will give it a shot. It is called Lady-Com and you can look that up on the internet. We have had it for about five years and have had no troubles. You use it once a day and it measures your body temperature and somehow tells you, well tells my wife, if she is fertile or not by giving her a red light. When the light is green, my favorite days, it is a safe day.This is a horrible job I am doing explaining this so just look it up. It is a little expensive but when you devide the cost over five years it is not so bad, and it is still going. The only thing is you have to obey the red light or find another method to use on those days. It was either this or a vasectemy for me, so, for me,  it was an easy choice.

thats like fam!  i think a lot of fam users use lady comp to track their cycle.  another one is fertilityfriend.com it doesnt have green or red lights, but its free!

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i've been on HBC for 8 years now and i really want to go off them because i'm horribly and irrationally afraid that i am slowly becoming sterile.  i know this probably isn't true, but i think for my own peace of mind that i might hafta quit em.  bf and i are going to get married and have babies one day, but not within the next 2 years (is the plan, but who knows).  so we'd have to find something else for that time span. 

although now i'm nervous that i'm going to have crazy periods and acne all over my body, so i'm not sure.  i never had bad acne on my face, but after a few years of HBC, the acne i'd had on my shoulders and chest since i was like 12 finally went away.  i don't know if it's because i only wear cotton now, or if it's the HBC.  i also like knowing when my period's going to start (always a tuesday before 10am) and the HBC keeps me aware of where i'm at in my cycle. 

still...  i wanna be fertile for when it's babytime.  hey, anybody ever read 'still life with woodpecker' by tom robbins?  i wonder if that lunar cycle thing works...

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I'm reviving this for CW!

Ummmm.  Let's see.  I was on HBC for a while but overall it made me feel ick.  I only started it to keep my cycle going, but even then it didn't work properly.  I probably wouldn't use it again.  But never say never. 

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I was using these latex free ones for a while because my ex was allergic...

Damn expensive... but damn awesome.

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i've been on HBC for 8 years now and i really want to go off them because i'm horribly and irrationally afraid that i am slowly becoming sterile.  i know this probably isn't true, but i think for my own peace of mind that i might hafta quit em.  bf and i are going to get married and have babies one day, but not within the next 2 years (is the plan, but who knows).  so we'd have to find something else for that time span. 

although now i'm nervous that i'm going to have crazy periods and acne all over my body, so i'm not sure.  i never had bad acne on my face, but after a few years of HBC, the acne i'd had on my shoulders and chest since i was like 12 finally went away.  i don't know if it's because i only wear cotton now, or if it's the HBC.  i also like knowing when my period's going to start (always a tuesday before 10am) and the HBC keeps me aware of where i'm at in my cycle. 

still...  i wanna be fertile for when it's babytime.  hey, anybody ever read 'still life with woodpecker' by tom robbins?  i wonder if that lunar cycle thing works...

I think that HBC made me sort of moody and depressed. I think I have read posts from you that talk about your moodiness, depression, right? just a thought. I felt so much better off of them. i sometimes think its a conspiracy and males have designed these pills for us gals to make us a little crazy and not thinking straight while were on them. that was my experience at least.

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I was using these latex free ones for a while because my ex was allergic...

Damn expensive... but damn awesome.

I will have to try those.  Latex condoms are really not doing it for me (WHY did I buy the big box?).

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question are latex condoms vegan? weve tried using non latex but they are so expensive and they  are to tight :( has anyone used the contraceptive sponges??

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i think most latex condoms arent vegan. theyre processed with casein or casein is somehow involved. you can order vegan ones online though.  ^-^

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i think most latex condoms arent vegan. theyre processed with casein or casein is somehow involved. you can order vegan ones online though.  ^-^

How did I not know this?
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honestly, i let it go. i dont have sex too often (especially now that i have no friends haha), and the boys are the ones providing them. also, i treat it like i do medicine: not vegan, but i value my health/not being pregnant more than i do the vegan-ness, unless theres a vegan alternative right next to it at the store.

next summer i might order a box of the vegan ones online to be prepared.  ;)

"The processing of latex, used to make condoms, has involved the use of casein - a milk protein. As Lifestyles Condoms writes in their FAQ: Many condoms, including some of ours, also have a trace amount of casein, which originates from milk. "

i wonder if that means balloons arent vegan too since theyre latex.. :(

ahhhh ps: i dont sleep around. there have only been two boys. for some reason i felt the need to clarify that..

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